Dvar Torah

December 14, 2012, in response to school massacre in Newtown, CT.
Compares Avrams emigration from Canaan to Egypt and links to current issues of immigration, poverty, and famine.
A modern take on the plagues. Originally published for distribution on the Hazon CSA Listserve.

Source Sheet

Texts in preparation for a visit to work at a food pantry.
An examination of our obligations to feed the poor with an emphasis on the principle of preserving the dignity of those work in the fields and those receiving the aid.
Texts relating Jewish values about hunger and Passover
Being mindful of those who are in need, and always willing to provide for them
Texts in response to hunger.
This source sheet is inspired by a session taught by Micah Odenheimer, founder of Tevel B'Tzedek. Whilst we often find inspiration from overarching Jewish values for our pursuit of Justice, this example highlights how sometimes Jewish sources can offer very practical and specific guidance for addressing injustice and serves as a useful stimulus for discussion.


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[God] upholds the cause of the orphan and the widow, and befriends the stranger, providing him/her with food and clothing. -- You too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
[JPS translation edited for gender-neutrality]

עֹשֶׂה מִשְׁפַּט יָתוֹם וְאַלְמָנָה וְאֹהֵב גֵּר לָתֶת לוֹ לֶחֶם וְשִׂמְלָה: וַאֲהַבְתֶּם אֶת הַגֵּר כִּי גֵרִים הֱיִיתֶם בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם:

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